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13 Sep 07:04 PM UTC

Laos: Tropical Cyclone Doksuri to arrive September 15

Tropical Cyclone Doksuri expected to arrive in Laos on September 15; flooding and travel disruptions possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/21/2017, 2:15 AM until 11/21/2017, 2:15 AM (Asia/Vientiane).

COUNTRY/REGION Laos

Event

Tropical Cyclone Doksuri is expected to bring heavy rain to parts of Laos on Friday, September 15. Doksuri, packing maximum sustained winds of 83 km/h (52 mph) as of 01:00 (local time in Laos) on Thursday, is likely to intensify in the coming days, and is forecast to make landfall in Vietnam on Friday night with wind speeds of at least 118 km/h (around 73 mph). Doksuri is expected to be one of the strongest tropical cyclones to strike Vietnam and Laos in recent years.

Widespread flooding, landslides, and travel disruptions are possible in Laos following landfall, especially in the central and northern regions of the country.

Context

The rainy season, as well as the Southeast Asia typhoon season, lasts from May to November and particularly affects the southern part of the country and the areas along the Mekong River.

Advice

Individuals in Laos are advised to monitor weather forecasts and to adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g., potential evacuation orders). Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.